EVANSTON, Ill. - No. 15 Penn fell to No. 2 Northwestern, 13-4, in women's lacrosse action Friday afternoon.
In a game that was much closer than the score indicates, the Quakers (3-1) trailed 6-4 early in the second half before the Wildcats (3-1) scored the final seven goals of the game.
Penn got goals from four different players, and at the other end Sarah Waxman made seven first-half saves on the way to 10 for the game.
Both teams got off to a quick start, with Aly Josephs drawing first blood for Northwestern 1:15 into the game. Penn came right back to tie it, however, on Chrissy Muller's tally 24 seconds later.
The 'Cats showed why they are two-time defending national champions with a 4-0 goal spurt that put them up 5-1 at the halfway point of the first period. A Quaker timeout yielded an Ali DeLuca goal, but Josephs' second goal made it 6-2 NU. Kaitlyn Lombardo cut the lead to three heading into the half with her strike with 6:18 remaining.
Becca Edwards opened the second half with Penn's fourth and final goal to make it 6-4, but it was all Northwestern from there on out. The Wildcats stymied Penn's offense and held them scoreless despite some excellent scoring opportunities.
Both goalies turned in fine performances, with both Sarah Waxman and Morgan Lathrop saving 10. Waxman played an outstanding all-around defensive game, causing three turnovers and scooping up as many ground balls.
Northwestern held a wide 31-19 advantage in shots, while Penn had an 11-8 edge on draw controls.
Penn returns home on Wednesday when it hosts Delaware under the lights at 7 p.m.